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Ames among first 50 schools to sign on for Earth Day

posted Feb 27, 2020, 10:17 AM by Betty Lu Davis   [ updated Feb 27, 2020, 10:17 AM ]

Ames among first 50 schools to sign on for Earth Day

Feb 24, 2020

Ames Elementary School in Searsmont is among among the first 50 schools to sign on as a "key partner" for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this year.

Earth Day Network, which coordinates the annual Earth Day, said in a press release Feb. 19 that the schools “join thousands of other groups and entities worldwide dedicated to (making) environmental action a cornerstone in this crucial year.”

Earth Day is April 22. The overarching theme for Earth Day this year is climate change.

Tracey Ritchie, director of education for Earth Day Network, said, “Together we can build an environmentally literate citizenry ready to engage in civic action to fight against climate change.”

Schools can find free environmental education resources and sign on to be an Earth Day school at Earth Day Network’s website, earthday.org. They can also join thousands of groups and organizations by listing their Earth Day events on the organization’s global map.

From cleanups to citizen science and teach-ins to green festivals, schools across the world are leading the charge for climate action. Schools can take advantage of Earth Day Network’s free resources and toolkits found in its Education Resource Library.

Earth Day 2020 comes 50 years after the first Earth Day which, in 1970, mobilized over 20 million citizens to demand action on the environmental challenges of the time.

Today Earth Day is observed in about 190 countries and mobilizes one billion people and close to 100,000 organizations.